Brett Favre claims he’s suffered through ‘thousands’ of concussions
Here comes that ugly word relating to the great game of American Football—the word that’s has Roger Goodell and his henchmen shivering in their suits for the better part of a decade.
The fashion for which the league handles head injuries has drastically improved. For the old-timers, however, it wasn’t the case. This includes legendary quarterback Brett Favre who claims to have suffered “hundreds” if not “thousands” of concussions over the course of his lengthy yet impressive NFL career, according to Richard Ryman of USA Today.
“When you have ringing of the ears, seeing stars, that is a concussion,” the Hall of Fame quarterback said Thursday. If that is a concussion, I’ve had hundreds, probably thousands, throughout my career, which is frightening.”
He’s claiming the after-effects are becoming worse through the years.
“It has gotten a lot worse in regards to short-term (memory); simple words that would normally come out easy in a conversation, I will stammer,” he said. “And look, I am 48 years old … could it just be, as we all like to say, as we get a little bit older, I forgot my keys and they were in my hand. Or, ‘Where are my glasses?’ and they are on my head. I wonder if that is what it is, or do I have early stages of CTE – I don’t know.”
In terms of the big boys, we’re not exactly sure where Favre lands. When it comes to the youngsters, he’s all about protecting the young tikes.
“The brain and just the skull itself, for (8-to-15-year-olds), and maybe even older, is not developed enough and they should not be playing tackle football,” he said. “We should protect them, especially when there is no treatment solution out there.”
Favre, 48, played 20 years in the NFL. That’s 302 career games at quarterback during the 1990s and first decade of the new millennium, a time for the league in which the quarterback wasn’t nearly as protected as he is today.
Suffice to say, he’s taken shots from some of the most violent and incredible athletes who’ve ever graced planet Earth.
All told, a thousand concussions or not, Favre compiled 71,838 passing yards and 508 touchdowns to 336 career interceptions. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is the perfect voice for exactly how the position deals and copes with this type of injury.